Amidst the rise in new cases of COVID-19 coming up in several states including Maharashtra and Maharashtra, the Center has extended RT-PCR tests from states and monitored Mutant Strains besides selected districts. It is advised to focus on strict monitoring and strict control. In the letter to the states, the government has also insisted that all the reports which have come up negative in the Rapid Antigen Test, must also be done by RT-PCR test.
The ministry said, “Kerala and Maharashtra account for more than 74 percent of the country’s total active cases. It has been observed of late that in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, there has been an increase in the number of cases coming every day. Similarly, new cases are also increasing in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir. ”
Average weekly cases in Kerala have been between 42,000 and 34,800 in the last four weeks. Similarly, in the last four weeks, the weekly positive rate in Kerala has increased from 13.9 percent to 8.9 percent. In Kerala, Alappuzha district is of particular concern, with the weekly positive rate rising to 10.7 percent and the weekly cases rising to 2,833, the ministry underlined.
In Maharashtra, weekly cases have increased from 18,200 to 21,300 in the last four weeks, while the weekly positive rate has increased from 4.7 to eight percent. The ministry noted that many areas of Mumbai in the state have become a cause for concern, where there has been a 19 percent increase in virus cases. Apart from this, Weekly cases have increased in Nagpur 33 percent, Amravati 47 percent, Nashik 23 percent, Akola 55 percent and Yavatmal 48 percent.
The Center has advised all these states to insist on five measures, including RT-PCR test, strict and comprehensive monitoring, clinical management in districts, etc.